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Travel Insurance - What You Need To Know Before You Go!

Posted by Cathy Taylor on 3 March 2020 | Comments

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Travel insurance seems like such a gamble sometimes. If you’re travelling on a budget, the cost of travel insurance can feel like a burden. But if something happens to you or your stuff in our great Kiwi outdoors, you want to make sure you can recover quickly and get back to enjoying your hard-earned holiday time!

We recommend you get travel insurance for your North Island hiking tour with Walking Legends.

 On the Great Barrier Island Escape tour, our preferred flight service provider is Barrier Air. Barrier Air is a small regional airline, so they don't offer insurance as part of their tickets like AirNZ does. Having your own insurance is a good idea to cover things like postponed or cancelled flights to or from the island and any extra accommodation, food or rental vehicles required while you wait for replacement flights. Having said that, we've never had anyone stuck on the island due to cancelled flights, touch wood!

 We recommend you don't bring laptops, iPads or Kindles etc. On our lodge-based tours, they will be quite safe while they're at the lodge, but on the way to the lodge on Day 1, and on the way home on Day 4, we often park up at trail carparks and your gear is left in our van - which some companies won't insure because our vans obviously don't have lockable boot compartments! Seems crazy, but hey if I sold insurance I'd probably say that too. If you need to have your laptop with you for work etc, then bring it along, but just be prepared to pop it into your day pack while you're hiking on Day 1 as that's the safest way.

 On our hut-to-hut based tours you probably won’t want to bring devices anyway, because not only will there be a blissful absence of Wi-Fi, but their weight might mean a few extra blisters for you, and no one loves a blister!

If any of your property is lost or stolen while on the tour with us we'll do our best to get you to the nearest police station as soon as we can so you can file a police report. Walking Legends won't be able to compensate you for any loss, so please check our booking terms & conditions carefully. We will support you with providing copies of relevant paperwork you might need for your insurance claim or administrative tasks associated with rearranging any post-walk accommodation or flight bookings we may have made on your behalf. 

 If you’re looking for a travel insurance provider while you’re on your North Island guided hiking tour with Walking Legends, take a look at World Nomad’s. They provide helpful online quotes. Check the fine print of your policy carefully so you can get busy with enjoying every moment of your hard-earned New Zealand hiking tour!